The Salzburgerland is known for its vast and rugged landscape, and its Hohe Tauern mountain range includes the highest mountains in Austria. A great place from which to explore the area is the Nationalpark Hohe Tauern, which lies in the centre of the region and is the largest national park in the country, and the second largest in Europe. With an abundance of lodging options, locations and activities to choose from, Nationalpark Hohe Tauern makes for a great holiday rental destination for the outdoors enthusiast.
Staying in an authentic Hohe Tauern National Park lodging option, such as a mountainside apartment or wooden chalet is a great experience in itself. Many offer stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys, and are located just a small distance from both key attractions and everyday amenities.
The actual attractions on offer vary from season to season. During winter skiing is very much top of the agenda, with beginner slopes, cross-country runs and a toboggan run, as well as the regular slopes. Many of these require little queuing time, even during peak season. Some of the best skiing can be found in the Rauris valley, where a cable car takes visitors to the 2,200 metre summit in just a few minutes.
As the summer arrives and the snow begins to melt, it is hiking, climbing and walking, mountain biking and horse riding that are the order of the day, with a wide range of flora and fauna to be discovered. Other activities will depend on the location of your chosen rental accommodation in Nationalpark Hohe Tauern, as there are numerous choices available in each town and village.
Nationalpark Hohe Tauern covers a vast area, so you are unlikely to run out of things to do during your stay. The best places to visit will again depend on your base area. Many people choose to stay in and around Rauris, which offers the unique opportunity to pan for gold, as well as good bars, restaurants and other amenities within its traditional Austrian centre.
Nationalpark Hohe Tauern summer temperatures can reach above 20C on the warmest of days, when hiking and climbing can be best enjoyed. The coldest months of December, January and February see temperatures plummet to around 0C, ideal for a spot of skiing or snowboarding.
Salzburg is the capital city of Austria, and Salzburg Airport (also known as W.A. Mozart Airport) is around 80km Nationalpark Hohe Tauern, again depending on your chosen area of accommodation. The airport receives flights from all over the UK, through operators such as Thomson Airways, British Airways and Ryanair.